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Another Reason to Save Language Class in American Schools

Mariah Prescott

"[T]here is ample evidence that in a bilingual’s brain both language systems are active even when he is using only one language, thus creating situations in which one system obstructs the other. But this interference, researchers are finding out, isn’t so much a handicap as a blessing in disguise. It forces the brain to resolve internal conflict, giving the mind a workout that strengthens its cognitive muscles."

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  • Kristin Pedemonti

    I would also think that as we are becoming more and more diverse, it'd be much smarter to ramp up language classes & offer even more selections of languages. But I suppose that doesn't fit with "standardized testing." ;) Here's to understanding the importance of knowing more than one language doing what works so the next generation can communicate more effectively & more diversely in this Amazing New World; truly I believe we live in Wonderful times with Huge Potential.

    • Mariah Prescott

      Thanks for commenting, Kristin. Yes, it's true, but unfortunately many people just believe everyone should drop everything and learn English. Even in other countries, the natives don't understand why someone would learn their language if they already know English. It's interesting to think about.